Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Typical commercials for erectile dysfunction feature a happy couple enjoying a romantic evening thanks to miracle pills that treat low testosterone. Unfortunately, ads for ED don’t always paint a clear picture about the full risks associated with hormone imbalance in men. Loss of libido might be hard on your relationships and your psyche, but low levels of testosterone can impact your overall health by increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and even osteoporosis. Fortunately, there are treatment options available that can reduce or eliminate these risks, and one of these is testosterone replacement therapy.

Symptoms and Causes of Low Testosterone

Testosterone production naturally declines beginning at around age 30. Many men experience mild symptoms as they age including muscle weakness and lack of energy, and these symptoms are normal. However, low testosterone levels tell a different story. Instead of occasional symptoms that fluctuate, men with low T experience significantly more palpable symptoms that linger and affect their everyday lives. Symptoms of low testosterone levels include:

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Excess body fat
  • Lack of mental clarity or focus
  • Decreased motivation and drive
  • Fatigue

One of the problems with diagnosing low testosterone is that men may not report certain symptoms, or they might assign their symptoms to aging alone. Hormonal imbalances may indicate problems aside from aging. Chronic health issues, recent trauma, certain prescription drugs and other medical situations may affect a man’s testosterone production. If you’ve been experiencing any of the above symptoms, then you may want to talk to your doctor about the possibility of low T and your eligibility for testosterone replacement therapy.

How to Get Help for Low T

As we mentioned earlier, men start losing testosterone when they hit 30, but a natural decline means losing only about 1 percent of your levels each year after that. If you’re suffering from unexplained symptoms like the ones outlined above, then you may need help. Testosterone replacement therapy counteracts the effects of low T by:

  • Increasing libido
  • Improving overall mood
  • Reducing excess body fat
  • Increasing lean body mass

The effects of testosterone replacement therapy vary from patient to patient because each person deals with his own set of symptoms. At HWC of Texas, we offer treatment plans to men suffering from low T, and we may have the options you need to improve not only your sex life but your general health as well. Our medical team can evaluate your concerns to see whether you’ll benefit from testosterone therapy.